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Interdisciplinary (Project Engineer)

Posted: 08/28/2022

Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Announcement
For Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce Under Section 1109
Permanent Full Time
E&C, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, WA

Position Title: Interdisciplinary, GS-11/12
Vacancies: Multiple
Promotion potential: GS-12
Starting Salary: $66,124.00 - $103,176.00
Open Continuous Announcement: effective 29 Aug 2022 until all positions are filled
Duty Stations: Walla Walla, WA; Umatilla, OR; Pasco, WA
Relocation Expenses Authorized: Yes—You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be authorized.

Who May Apply: All US Citizens

Tenure: This position is full time permanent
How to Apply: Anyone wishing consideration for this opportunity must submit a resume, transcripts (official or unofficial) and a statement of interest (optional). The resume must include detailed experience statements pertaining to the position to be found qualified. If you fail to provide transcripts, your application package will not be sent to the hiring manager.

The application package will be submitted via email to Please ensure the Subject line says: DHA E&C/Construction Branch Interdisciplinary GS-11/12.

For questions regarding this recruitment, you may inquire via email to

• Perform the duties as the Contracting Officer Representative and participates in all phases of the contract modification process.
• Review and analyze contractor plans and technical submittals for approval action, including progress schedules, environmental, safety and quality control programs, certifications, and shop drawings.
• Make a thorough study of plans and specifications to obtain knowledge of construction requirements and design criteria.
• Consult and maintain liaison with customer representatives, cost sharing partners, and project managers to keep them advised of progress and resolution of any outstanding problems or potential delays.
• Oversee and support the onsite Quality Assurance Representative (QAR) with all construction activities.

Travel is required-approximately 5% of time per year.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Basic Requirement for Interdisciplinary Project Engineer - General Engineer (0801), Civil Engineer (0810), Mechanical Engineer (0830), or Electrical Engineer (0850):

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET);


(2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses
must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-11 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience or exposure to designing, coordinating, or monitoring technical aspects of construction projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09). OR Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, or Electrical Engineer.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

GS-12 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) designing, reviewing, coordinating, or monitoring technical aspects of construction projects AND reviewing plans and specifications for projects; OR (2) coordinating contractor activities with owner or users. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11 or above). The GS-11 position allows you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For the GS-12 job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted. Both require transcripts to be uploaded to meet the Basic Requirement mentioned above.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:
• Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
• Selectees must meet position requirements for certification at Level in the Acquisition Career Field Contracting within 24 months of entrance on duty.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a state issued driver's license
• An Annual Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE Form 450, is required to avoid conflicts between duties and financial interest.
• This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position.

Benefits are a large part of an employee’s compensation.
Leave: 13 days’ vacation, 13 days sick leave, 10 paid holidays. Vacation leave increases to 20 days after 3 years of service.
Federal Employees Retirement System
Basic Benefit Plan (Pension) – A hard to find benefit that pays up to 40% of your average highest 3 years’ salary based on meeting retirement criteria. Thrift Savings Plan (401k style savings plan) – retirement savings plan that includes up to a 5% salary match. Federal Employees Group Life Insurance – subsidized by your employer Federal Employees Health Benefits (Insurance) – subsidized by your employer Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance – supplemental dental/vision insurance to add to your healthcare plan. Flexible Spending Account – Pre-tax accounts for out of pocket health and dependent care expenses.

Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment
opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
• When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete For a job;
• When an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job or To gain access to the workplace; And
• When an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to enjoy equal access to benefits and privileges of employment (e.g., details, trainings, office-sponsored events).

• Disability Employment - Reasonable Accommodations

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